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Does the lease prohibit changing the locks?
Ok, if there is nothing in the lease that prevents it (and there should be..) then it isn't a lease violation for them to change the locks. However, as the landlord you have a right to demand a key for access purposes in the event of an emergency or for inspection purposes.
If the tenant refused to give you a key, you can have a locksmith out to change the locks at the tenant's expense. You would then have to post a notice stating the locks have been changed due to you not being able to get in and they need to contact you to get a key.
As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...